Detroit relief pitcher Willie Hernandez dumped ice water on a sportswriter's head yesterday, accusing the writer of turning Tigers fans against him.

Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom was sitting in the clubhouse in Lakeland, Fla., talking with pitcher Frank Tanana. Hernandez, without saying a word, picked up a large container of ice water and poured it over Albom's head, then threw the bucket on the floor and walked away, muttering epithets.

Albom remained seated, but said, "You're a class act, Willie. I wasn't even talking to you."

Hernandez said later he felt Albom was to blame for the almost brutal way fans at Tiger Stadium boo him. Hernandez claimed Albom called him a crybaby in a column last year.

Hernandez, the 1984 American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player award winner, slipped badly in '86 and '87.

General Manager Bill Lajoie said he doubted the club would discipline Hernandez, as the Tigers did in 1970 when pitcher Denny McLain threw ice water on two writers.

" . . . {We} don't condone this type of protest to you," Lajoie told Albom. "But as far as we're concerned, this is between you and the player." . . .

The New York Mets fined right fielder Darryl Strawberry a reported $100 for being late for the team photo in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Strawberry said he had a flat tire.